Everybody loves to listen to music, but compared to the music nerd, you are just a casual listener. It is really difficult to impress the music nerd with audio gear and kits because of his passion for music and the immense knowledge that he possesses on the subject. However, this should not pose a problem for you while deciding Best Christmas Gifts for your music loving friend.
Here is a selection of audio gear and kits that will open up a world of acoustic experiences for your friend without necessarily burning a huge hole in your pocket.
Sennheiser Momentum In-Ear
The momentum in-ear is the latest addition to Sennheiser’s momentum series and it is one of the best sounding headphones in the market. It has a beautiful metallic finish that goes well with its identity. The cable in this headphone is much better than the average quality cables that are usually provided. Even the shape of the bud has been kept angular and this helps to keep it intact even after one of the cables gets pulled off from your shirt.
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If you have a big enough room but don’t want to invest a lot in getting a huge sound system, then you should definitely try out the Sonos Play:1 speaker. This is one of the best wireless speakers in the market and is definitely the best thing to start with if you plan on investing in a full-fledged music system later. The USP of this product is that it is pretty easy to use with the setup process being virtually flawless.
Cost: USD 200
Parrot Zik 2.0
When Bluetooth headphones were brought out in the market, it served the purpose of providing wireless music experience where the quality was not good enough (if you compare it to the quality of headphones that you get today). With companies such as Parrot coming out with brilliant Bluetooth headphones, these audio gear can finally be considered as a good alternative to wired headphones. Apparently, Parrot has developed some unique features that you won’t find anywhere else.
If you take the example of the Parrot Zik 2.0, you would be amazed at the precision and convenience that has been integrated in it. The sound profile on this particular device is fully customizable. This is made possible with the use of a slick interface that is provided in the companion app. By using this app, you can customize the levels of noise cancellation to the point where you can actually allow a little external sound to reach you if you do not want to be totally isolated. 3
Cost: USD 400
The Grado SR60e is an entry level headphone by the Brooklyn based manufacturer. This particular headphone (and all others in the series) are known for their detailed acoustic quality and highly accurate sonic reproduction. The best thing about this headphone is that it is pretty affordable. If you check out the features on this thing, you would definitely expect the price tag to be a bit high. This is definitely a prime choice for the audiophile.
Cost: USD 80
Yes, Vinyl is making a comeback and this time, the entire device is made compact without a big horn. While enthusiasts may not like this completely as the LP60 does not have any fancy turntable or a direct drive turntable. If you are a true music lover and have an affinity for record players, then this might not appeal to you. However, you could give it a shot because this thing ain’t that bad and you get it for a decent price.
Considering that this is a simple contraption, you would have to bring your own speakers and connect to this device. The simple and minimalistic design leaves plenty of space for you to integrate add-ons and accessories to make the sonic experience even more enjoyable. It’s time to take out your vinyl collection and relive some pleasant memories.
Cost: USD 100
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